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Two years after California voters approved a law designed to create humane standards for farm animals, it isn't clear if these hens are leading lives of luxury--or being treated cruelly.

J.S. West responded to the requirements by upgrading one of its buildings with the more spacious, furnished cages, known as enriched colony systems. The Humane Society of the US says these new...
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  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
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  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_31.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_34.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_32.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_36.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_37.jpg
  • Chickens in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_39.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_40.jpg
  • Robert Taylor loads chicken feed at J.S. West's egg production facility in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_41.jpg
  • Freshly cleaned eggs roll through a conveyor belt at J.S. West's egg production facility in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_42.jpg
  • Freshly cleaned eggs roll through a conveyor belt at J.S. West's egg production facility in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_43.jpg
  • Freshly packed eggs are boxed at J.S. West's egg production facility in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_44.jpg
  • Freshly packed eggs are boxed at J.S. West's egg production facility in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_45.jpg
  • The American Humane Society has approved J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_02.jpg
  • The American Humane Society has approved J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_01.jpg


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